Child-friendly walks

Stuck for something to do with the kids or grandchildren? How about taking them for an adventure. Or even going on a bear hunt. Below are walks suitable for young children.

Before setting off, have a look at the resources for children. You'll find great ideas on how to turn a walk into something special. Included are wildlife checklists and experiment sheets.

St Ives to Woodhurst
A bit of a stretch at 4.5 miles, but if your six-year-old is a good walker there's easy walking, a village pond to picnic by while watching ducks, wooded areas and blackberries to collect.

The Thicket & Houghton Meadows
An Amazon jungle leads to rather special wildflower meadows. Definitely a walk to take a picnic on in late spring and early summer.

Houghton Mill via The Thicket
At 4 miles this is another one for a strong little walker, a longer version of the walk above. Lots of wildlife and one of Cambridgeshire Walk's favourite tea rooms beside an 18th century mill.

Hemingford Meadow
A perfect walk for young children. Particularly good in late spring and early summer, when the meadow is bursting with wildflowers. Even better, there's a safe place to paddle as you return along the river bank.

Needingworth Nature Reserve to Barleycroft Lake
For very young children, just amble to the picnic site at point 2, use the observation point and play hide and seek. Adventure further to take in one of the best sites to observe birds. Bags of wildlife and blackberries to pick.

Holywell circular walk
Amble past ancient willows to picnic in a magical woodland garden surrounded by flowers and birdlife. Or treat the kids to a meal at England's oldest pub with a perfect riverside view.

Houghton Meadows & the River Great Ouse
Hidden leafy lanes and riverbanks full of wildflowers and wildlife. For snacks there's one of Cambridgeshire Walk's favourite tea rooms beside an 18th century mill.

Hinchingbrooke Country Park
Ideal for young children and new little walkers. Lots of variety and route choices. Packed with wildflowers and wildlife. BBQ facilities, a reasonably priced cafe, great kids playground with a huge slide, haunted bridge and an apiary. On sunny summer weekends there's a great feeling of fun.

Brampton Wood
If the kids are keen on wildlife and wildflowers, this wood is a must. Choose your own route to picnic in one of the hidden meadows. Lots of guides included to print before you go.

Somersham Nature Reserve & Lake
Beehives, butterflies, sheep and squirrels. Meadow and woodland. A great walk for young children and new little walkers.

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